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August 04, 2005

Great Falls

August 4th and we were off and into the wilds accross the plains to Great Falls. This was a 255 mile journey for which we had bought a picnic lunch in a supermarket in Billings as it looked like we would be nowhere near anywhere at lunch time.

A large part of the journey was on US 89 which is another of the scenic routes in the National Geographic book I've mentioned before (page 246 if you have the book). The journey was largely uneventful. Once on the 89 north it was virtualy devoid of any other traffic and we stopped for lunch just north of White Sulphur Springs in the Lewis and clark National Forest almost to the mile 1000 miles since we left Salt Lake City.

Driving on pausing briefly at the spectacular overlook over Sluice Boxes State Park we arrived in Great Falls in mid afternoon. We were staying in the Holiday Inn with a room overlooking the indoor pool which the boys were soon into.

I headed out to reconoitre for the following day. I wanted to find out where the Lewis and Clark museum was and where the waterpark we had seen advertised was. I easily found both and headed back to the hotel for an evening meal and we decided to buy a pay perview movie in the room as the kids were suffering from TV withdrawal symptoms. We watched The Pacifier and all enjoyed it. The day was rounded off as always with a few bottles of finest chilled nightcap while I read my book.

Posted by Graham on August 4, 2005 11:18 PM
Category: 2005 Going to Glacier ?
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